Hayley Smith (daughter)
|Voiced by||Seth MacFarlane|
Stan Smith is the main character of American Dad!. Stan is a Central Intelligence Agency officer. Although once a case officer, he is now a weapons expert. Stan is voiced by the series' co-creator and executive producer, Seth MacFarlane.
Stanford Smith born 12 February 1967 is married to Francine Smith. The two met when Francine was hitch-hiking and Stan gave her a ride. As he was driving, he accidentally ran over a raccoon, which he shot and killed to put it out of its misery. Francine thought it was the most compassionate act she had ever seen, which made her fall in love with him immediately. They started dating and got married later that same year. Stan and Francine have an adult daughter, Hayley , and a teenage son, Steve . Stan allows an alien named Roger to live in the Smith household because the alien saved his life at Area 51 and Roger has come to think of the Smiths as family. In one episode, Roger is seen leaving a bar and walks into the street and nearly dies but Stan pushes him out of the way, and a life debt between Stan and Roger is ended. His goldfish, Klaus, was actually an East German Olympic skier whose mind was transplanted into the body of a goldfish.
Stan has a father named Jack Smith who was actually a jewel thief. It is revealed that in "Meter Made" he has a half brother that he calls "bro", which may refer to Rusty, his Native-American half brother introduced in "There Will Be Bad Blood".
Although Stan is, for the most part, a loving husband and father, he often causes problems within the home with his patriotism, egotism, and high standards for his family. Stan is also shown to be very manipulative and willing to do anything to accomplish his goals. These include, but are not limited to: having Hayley's mind programmed and then activating the programming to make Hayley compliant to his wishes and having Francine's memory wiped to cover the fact that Stan had forgotten their anniversary. Additionally, Stan has helped his boss cover up a murder he committed unintentionally and then framed Francine for it. Even after experiencing all of the above; Stan still apparently hasn't learned anything and continues to do these sorts of things. Stan is a Republican as well as highly xenophobic, Christian, and masculine (possibly showing signs of right-wing authoritarianism. MacFarlane says these qualities of Stan are based on Archie Bunker from All in the Family.
Stan is often portrayed as oblivious, selfish, arrogant, inconsiderate and short-tempered, ironic and holding both right-wing political and social views as well. He initially opposes homosexuality and gay marriage, but he changes his mind in the episode "Lincoln Lover" after his association with the Log Cabin Republicans. Stan's stance toward homosexuality further softens to an extent when Francine acts as a surrogate mother for Greg and Terry's baby and, in the end, sees that Terry and Greg are a loving family in their own right. He is known to mistreat his family, particularly Hayley whom he openly condemns for her liberal views and Steve who, despite idolizing his father, does not fit Stan's views of manhood. These character flaws are routinely exposed in many episodes in which Stan either shows hypocrisy or is forced to accept people for who and what they are (as in Steve as a geek, and Hayley as a grown-up with distinct political views).
In addition to the above, Stan is also shown for the most part as being opposed to any show of emotion, regarding it as effeminate or un-manly. He once said to Steve: "Son, feelings are what women have. They come from their ovaries." Nonetheless, while Stan generally tries to repress his emotions, when they come out they do so spectacularly, and this aspect of his character has led to him doing highly impulsive things, such as going to extreme lengths to stop his mother finding a man for fear he would lose her (in the episode "Oedipal Panties," Stan is revealed to have captured and detained all of Betty's former lovers on an uncharted island), or spending several days in a bouncy castle, refusing food and drink, after realising he had never had a real childhood.
Stan is an official officer of the CIA. Stan has shown expertise and knowledge in hand to hand combat, small arms, covert survillence methods, torture, the ability to fly aircraft and the handling of assault weapons. Even though he has been arrested several times on several felony charges, such as animal cruelty, child pornography (wrongly accused), attempted murder, drug trafficking, use of drugs (he almost flees to South America), impersonating a U.S. Marshal, and identity theft, just to name a few; he retains his official position.
Though it is well known he works for the CIA, very little is actually known about what exactly he does. Sometimes he is seen as a field operative, sometimes an undercover agent, sometimes surveillance officer, even presidential bodyguard, but most often he is seen working in a small cork-walled cubical with a few of his buddies, Jackson, Sanders, Dick Reynolds, and others. Smith's assumption of these different roles may indicate that he works as a sort of troubleshooter; taking on different responsibilities as required. However, since assuming the role of Deputy Deputy Director, his duties do not appear to have changed.
In the episode "Chimdale", it is revealed that Stan Smith has been bald since college and wears a wig; however, this episode does not match the continuity of the episode where his hair grew when he was stranded on an island. He drives a black Ford Explorer but has also been seen driving a black Chrysler 300C and owns a DeLorean despite not having seen Back to the Future. Stan is also known to have an unexplained fear of seagulls, first mentioned by Francine in "American Dream Factory". Although he got over it in "Choosy Wives Choose Smith".
Despite his traditional values, he has been married to two other women. In Saudi Arabia, Stan married an Arabic woman and named her "Thundercat" because he could not pronounce her name, though Stan married her mainly as a servant. At one point Francine divorced Stan so that he could have pointless sex, and he met and married a woman named Joanna, but went back to Francine, though Stan reports that he did consummate the marriage. It is interesting to note that both Stan and Francine admit that each married the other for what Stan describes as selfish reasons. That is, that Stan admits that he married Francine because she was attractive. Francine, for her part, says that she wants someone to take care of her financially and both go so far as to admit this during their vow renewal ceremony to a room full of people.
In the episode "Stan's Food Restaurant" it is revealed that Stan is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.